Dr Paul Atkinson

Senior Research Associate

Research Overview

I am a social and cultural historian with an interest in numerical techniques. I am employed on the ERC-funded Spatial Humanities project. I currently study influences on infant mortality in nineteenth-century England and Wales. My work uses geographical information systems (GIS) to examine patterns in Victorian statistics. I also use corpus linguistics to explore large corpora of digitised Victorian documents such as the British Library Nineteenth Century Newspapers collection.

Geographical text analysis: a new approach to understanding nineteenth-century mortality
Porter, C., Atkinson, P., Gregory, I. 11/2015 In: Health and Place. 36, p. 25-34. 10 p.
Journal article

Combining statistics and texts using GIS: nineteenth century health reports
Porter, C., Atkinson, P., Gregory, I. 2015 In: GISRUK 2015 Conference Proceedings. p. 492-499. 8 p.

Explaining geographical variations in English rural infant mortality decline using place-centred reading
Hastings, S., Gregory, I., Atkinson, P. 2015 In: Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History. 48, 3, p. 128-140. 13 p.
Journal article

Review of: Victoria Kelley, Soap and Water: Cleanliness, Dirt and the Working Classes in Victorian and Edwardian Britain (London: I. B. Tauris, 2010)
Atkinson, P. 2013 In: Labour History Review. 78, 2, 2 p.
Book/Film/Article review

“Isn’t it time you were finishing?”: fertility and female labor-force participation in England,1860-1920
Atkinson, P. 10/2012 In: Feminist Economics. 18, 4, p. 145-164. 20 p.
Journal article

Family size and expectations about housing in the later nineteenth century: three Yorkshire towns
Atkinson, P. 2011 In: Local Population Studies. 87, p. 13-28. 16 p.
Journal article

Review of: Simon Szreter, Kate Fisher, Sex Before the Sexual Revolution: Intimate Life in England 1918-1963 (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2010)
Atkinson, P. 2011
Other contribution

Cultural causes of the nineteenth-century fertility decline: a study of three Yorkshire towns
Atkinson, P. 2010 300 p.
Doctoral Thesis

Electronic communications and communicable disease surveillance at the national level in the European Union
Weinberg, J., Newton, L., English, P.M.B., Vandenberghe, A., Atkinson, P., Catchpole, M. 12/1997 In: European Journal of Public Health. 7, 4, p. 454-456. 3 p.
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